Arise and Go is a Celtic trio from upstate New York noted for their “precision and energy”. From intimate house concerts to festival stages, the band blends traditional melodies and instruments into fresh new arrangements. Members Ellie Goud on fiddle, Michael Roddy on pipes, and Tim Ball on guitar and bouzouki showcase the unique elements of different Celtic traditions that each brings into the group’s sound. In addition to on stage performance at the Celtic Celebration this year, Arise and Go will also play for a community contra dance on Saturday evening.
From Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Ellie Goud grew up steeped in the Atlantic Canadian musical tradition. Her style combines Celtic and Acadian influences from Canada, Ireland and Scotland. She began playing fiddle at the age of 9 through the traditional music program at her elementary school. Her sound is uniquely New Brunswick – a cutting blend of Scottish and Acadian rhythms and sounds. Ellie has performed as a solo artist and in groups in venues such as La Salla Rosa and L’Escalier in Montreal, Bound For Glory, and the Victoria Folk Festival.
Piper Michael Roddy has spent over 20 years creating his unique combination of Scottish and Irish piping styles. After years of competitive success with the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band, Michael turned to the world of bellows piping, making the natural leap to smallpipes and border pipes, and the bigger leap to the Irish uilleann pipes. He has been featured as a piper with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. Michael is an active teacher and has also premiered several of his own compositions and arrangements for pipes and orchestra.
Tim Ball has been a staple of the contra dance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade. An exceptionally versatile musician, he performs throughout the Northeast with contra dance bands Tempest and Center Street, and Ithaca’s Irish session band Traonach. As a teacher or staff musician, he has been on faculty at several week-long camps.